Wellness and Productivity in a Return to Physical Work Spaces

Friday, October 15, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This is a past event.

After adapting to a virtual work environment over the last 18+ months, employees and organizations alike are arriving at the new reality of what the current physical workspace will look like. Maintaining employee mental and physical wellness while maximizing productivity are challenges organizational leadership will face as they react to what has been coined "The Great Resignation".

The third and final installment of our Marshall Alumni Wellness series is co-presented by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Our esteemed panel will discuss topics including:

  • The evolution of the built environment and where do we go in the modern/post COVID era.
  • Collaboration, cognitive performance, and productivity through the evolution of physical workspaces.
  • Human and built environment interaction and the impact of AI and technology in those environments.
  • Getting around a one size fits all approach and adjusting among different industry standards.
  • Transformational leadership in the creation of an optimal work environment.

About our presenters:

Burcin Becerik-Gerber Ph.D. Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber is a Professor and Director of Graduate Programs at the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of USC. She is the founding director of the Innovation in Integrated Informatics LAB and the Center for Intelligent Environments (CENTIENTS). Her research falls at the intersection of the built environment, machine intelligence, and systems thinking. To date, she has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers. In 2012, Dr. Becerik-Gerber was appointed as the inaugural holder of the Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Bachelor of Architecture and an M.S. in Architecture, received an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and earned her Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University in the field of Project Management and Information Systems.

Matthew Weeks MBA '86 Matt Weeks is an experienced, successful serial startup entrepreneur, corporate whisperer, and growth hacker. He has managed distributed teams globally for over 30 years. His experience building solutions and companies and leading teams span large financial institutions to Fintech, to payment systems to healthcare IT, informatics and predictive modeling, blockchain, AI, and analytics systems. He currently leads HealthyOps, a healthcare IT company, as co-founder and investor, and sits on the board of several companies, as well as a not-for-profit and an international money transfer company (social impact), and mentors several startup CEOs and founders. Matt received his B.A. in English Literature from Amherst College and MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.

Gary Wheeler Gary is a renowned professional with more than 30 years of design experience. Distinguished for his strategic approach to workplace design, he began his career as co-founder of the Wheeler Group in 1978. When Perkins&Will acquired the company, he became National Director of Interiors and later Managing Partner of the firm’s headquarter office in Chicago. He joined Gensler’s London office as Director of WorkPlace Europe in 2004 and was Interior Design+Workplace Strategy Global Leader, HDR before joining ASID. Gary has worked with companies in a variety of industries, including Apple, JPMorgan Chase, Time Warner, Bates Advertising, Leo Burnett Worldwide, and Marsh. He was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame and received the Senior Fellow Award from The Design Future Council (DFC) in 2002. He is one of the few designers with a Fellow distinction with ASID and IIDA.

Admission is FREE

Event conducted over Zoom. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

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